Jul 12, 2023
Upgrade Your Home: 27 Things To Create A Grown
We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed collects a share of sales and/or other compensation
We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed collects a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.
Pill-free bedsheets and non-shredded towels have now entered your adulting group chat.
A set of bedsheet holders — the (swoon-worthy) solution you've been looking for to hold crumpled sheets in place. And if your covers happen to have lost a couple of inches in the dryer, these'll make sure they don't creep around when you're trying to find your comfy, still spot.
An elegant 16-piece dishware set that'll transform even a microwave meal into a Michelin-style dining experience. So long, mismatched dinner decor!
Peel-and-stick decorative wallpaper for a trendy home decor facelift in a flash (if you're over a certain age, you know you love an accent wall). You can use this stuff on anywhere from walls to countertops and even floors!
Includes one full sheet, one flat sheet, and one to two pillowcases depending on bed size.
Promising review: "Suffering from severe insomnia, we are trying to change everything that we possibly can about my sleeping environment. I bought these after hearing the benefits of bamboo related products. This sheet set has to be one of the softest sets I've ever slept on. The fabric has a slick, silky feel to it. It stays quite cool and doesn't make you sweaty. I've slept rather well on these and don't even notice that they are underneath me. These sheets are great. I would love to have a few more sets." —Justin and Amanda Lanphere
Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king and 18 colors).
BTW! The matte satin finish will keep your hair tangle- and frizz-free, too.
Promising review: "These pillowcases are just what I was looking for! They are super soft and very comfortable. If I fold them straight out of the dryer, they're virtually wrinkle-free. Even when I forget, they don't wrinkle much at all. I prefer zippers on satin pillowcases so they don't slide off in the middle of the night. I've never had a problem with the zipper sticking me. I actually don't feel it at all. These are awesome pillowcases at a superb price! I will definitely be purchasing more in different colors." —Sherry
Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (two in a pack; available in 16 colors and five sizes).
Promising review: "These can make even the worst gardener look like they know what they're doing. I was given a plant from a neighbor and I subsequently almost killed it. I do not own plants. Every plant I've ever owned died, so I reserved myself to everything plastic, but since I've found these there is a slight glimmer of hope. I put these in the soil of the gifted plant and it brought the plant back to life. I thought it was a lost cause; most of the leaves were brown and dead but it's now growing new leaves and making a comeback. My neighbor recently saw the plant and was so happy it was still alive and thriving, I didn't have the heart to tell her it was almost thrown in the garbage, but since buying and using these I might just take the plunge and buy more live plants." —LexCat
Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $3.62.
One tray fits up to 24 pieces of cutlery.
Promising review: "THE BEST silverware storage organizer compartments I’ve EVER had in my entire life! We have a large family and therefore have the need for a lot of silverware. Unfortunately we have a small shallow and narrow drawer in our house but it was always full! Constantly disorganized before, and now amazingly organized. The only reason I would hesitate would be if your drawer is not adequately deep, but from reading reviews people said if they had 3.5 inches of depth it would be just fine which is exactly what I have and there’s adequate drawer depth for me. I measured my skinny drawer and realized I still had space for two units and took the plunge and am so glad I did! Silverware goes quickly from the dishwasher straight into the drawer and you don’t have to stack perfectly to put a lot in!!! ADD IT TO YOUR CART NOW, you’ll be glad you did if you have the same problem as we did!" —oceantiff
Get it from Amazon for $11.89.
HustleSewShop is an Oregon-based shop that makes quality home goods with the option to have them personalized.
Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care. Highly recommended!" —Alina
Get it from HustleSewShop on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in sizes S–XL and six colors).
Reviewers mention that this is a dream for small and big closets alike!
Promising review: "I love using this to add extra capacity in my client's closets (I'm a professional organizer). It's easy to put together, looks attractive, and is easily adjustable. I haven't had any complaints about durability, so I assume they are holding up well! Can't beat it for the price." —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $16.87 (available in three colors and in packs of one or two).
Promising review: "This contact paper was pretty easy to use and cut. Sure, it can be a pain to readjust, but, with a little patience, it’s really not so bad. It’s worth the reward! I rent, and my bathroom wall is cracked, crumbling sheet rock. This paper freshens up the bathroom (which is old as anything). It hides all the raised cracks and crumbles in the wall and looks SOOO MUCH BETTER! I will no longer be embarrassed by anyone using my bath. I’m putting this paper on everything!" —JFerro
Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in 14 sizes; you can also check out their shop page for more colors and styles).
Each pack comes with four bands which can stretch from 12 to 18 inches and hold adequate tension.
Promising review: "Say goodbye to re-arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill, so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these Bed Bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors, two sizes, and four pack sizes).
This game changer includes a toothpaste dispenser (which means less product waste!), four cups and holders, and a place to store your toothbrushes!
Promising review: "I love this item! I saw it originally on TikTok and thought it would be perfect for our bathroom! We have one bathroom upstairs and five people who use it. This cleared up so much counter space for us! There are ventilation holes where the cups go to help make sure they dry properly. The toothpaste dispenser has really been working to get every last drop out of the tube. Would definitely recommend for a family or kids' bathroom. There is also a little storage compartment behind the toothpaste that is great for extra brushes, Q-tips, or flossers." —Sariyah J
Get it from Amazon for $17.44+ (available in three colors).
The four-piece set comes with a base cover and three individual cushion covers. AND these covers are also available in a smaller version for armchairs!
Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slip cover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz
Get it from Amazon for $37.49+ (available in five sizes and 21 colors).
Promising Review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent buildup all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some buildup and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand-new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or buildup around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99.
Promising review: "I used this product to transform my guest bathroom and it came out amazing....It is so easy to use and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow....Now I am going to do my kitchen countertops. This product is amazing!!!" —Melissa
Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (available in five colors).
Promising Review: "Wonderful product for low cost! I moved into a place that had an old showerhead that barely worked. I decided to look into new showerheads, and this one popped up. I am very impressed. The installation instructions were very easy to follow. I have had no issues with cracks, malfunctions, or leaking. There is no leaking or dripping in the hose, either. Both work wonderfully. This makes the shower feel very spa-like. I recommend this highly." —Ashley
Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).
Promising Review: "Affordable quality and style — you can't beat that! I am a returning customer because I was so happy with initial purchase, I decided to complete the house with matching rugs. Loved that there were so many size options, too!" —Customer
Get it from Rugs USA for $27.50+ (available in 16 shapes and sizes, and in 11 colors).
Promising review: "I got the pink chair. It is exactly like the site images. It is so comfortable and looks expensive! I was looking into buying a similar chair from a retail store that is three times more expensive but this one is such a great value and high quality." —M. Zacarias
Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in 14 colors) or two for $199.99 (available in seven colors).
Promising Review: "We got this when we moved into a new house. The previous tenants were gross, and we had to do a heavy, deep clean. This works wonders and took away the funky smell coming from the disposal. It's also fun to watch it foam up!" —Vicki C.
Get it from Amazon for $3.78+ (available in packs of four or 16).
These will last up to 1,000 washes! And pro tip from the brand: add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils to add a natural scent to your laundry.
Celsious is a Black woman-owned business located in Brooklyn, New York. They specialize in creating eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products.
Get a set of three balls from Celsious for $20.
You'll get four of each of the following: 10.5” dinner plates, 8” dessert plates, 6” (26.5 oz) bowls, *and* 12 oz. mugs...that's some kinda deal!
Promising review: "Great quality and size dishes!! Perfect dish set to upgrade to after all these years! Modern dishes for a nice kitchen! Love the color too!!" —Lizzard
Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in four colors).
The desk requires minimal assembly since all you have to do is add the legs.
Promising review: "I live in a standard 2/2 apartment and still managed to fit this into my bedroom along with my queen size bed. I LOVE the hidden shelf at the back to hide the mess created by all the plugs and surge protector. I wish all furniture had that! Absolutely worth the price!" —Jules
Get it from Amazon for $79.26+ (available in three colors).
Nonstick ceramic coating? Check. Oven-safe up to 450°F? Check. Nesting beechwood spatula with built-in spoon rest? Check. Custom stainless-steel steamer basket? Check check.
Former BuzzFeed Editor Bek O'Connell is lucky enough to have one of these and can be quoted as saying "Sometimes I just hold mine and sigh over how nice it is! Sorry if that's lame, but it is the truth. I am love with my pan."
Promising review: "This pan is EVERYTHING! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy — and the non-stick cleaned up so easily. The sponge they include is incredible, I do all my dishes with it now. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day." —Darby S.
Get it from Our Place for $120+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).
Because a nice, deep snooze is important now that you have responsibilities! This simulates the sunrise and sunset with 20 brightness settings that slowly increase over 30 minutes. And with your choice of five different wakeup sounds, the alarm only sounds once it's at its full brightness.
Promising review: "This has really made a big difference in how I wake up every morning. On these short winter days, I always have to wake up before sunrise, and that's...challenging. I found myself hitting the snooze button at least three times, leaving very little time for me to get ready and to work on time. Having the sunrise simulation wakes me up gradually and completely. I almost always wake up fully before the music starts and I have not needed the snooze function yet. All of the wake up sounds were pleasant. I especially like the birdsong with flute music, as it reminds me of being in a spa. I like the dusk option for going to sleep. I set it for 30–60 minutes and read until it's too dark and I drop off to sleep. An additional bonus is that since I'm no longer using my cellphone as my alarm clock, I practice better sleep hygiene and keep my cellphone out of the bedroom. It is a significant investment but it has been worth it." —MsEdinger
Get it from Amazon for $98.52.
Check out a BuzzFeeder's Philips Wake-Up Light review (#11 in the post) for a first-hand account on how mornings can feel more invigorating.
The set includes five drawers and one egg holder.
Promising review: "I’m in love! I don’t know if it's my obsession with being organized but it’s a game-changer! No longer trying to reach for stuff in the back of the fridge and knock over a bunch of stuff in the process. I just slide it out grab what I want and slide it back!" —Libbey Durkee
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $18.49.
Organise Life is a small business in Australia that focuses on pantry and home labels.
Promising review: "Absolutely love these labels. Everything in my fridge is very organized." —Etsy Customer
Get it from Organise Life on Etsy for $1.57+ (available in small, medium, and large with a number of labels and font size options).
This kitchen essential is programmable, comes with a 60-ounce removable water reservoir and adjustable warming plate (that has a two-hour auto-shutoff function), and your coffee can be brewed under different strengths: i.e. "classic" or "rich."
Promising review: "After getting up and making it in my old coffee maker, this is a big upgrade. No more filling the coffee pot and spilling water on the counter, also no more coffee filters. Plus it makes great coffee, which stays warm longer, so I would recommend this coffee maker." —Lawrence Anderson
Get a 12-cup carafe from Amazon for $79.99+ (also available in a 14-cup version).
This set includes one bath towel, one hand towel, and one washcloth.
Get it from our Goodful Shop for $144.
This bathroom must-have doesn't require electricity or any additional plumbing, and can be temperature controlled.
Promising review: "It is very easy to install. This product works wonderfully and it saves so much toilet paper! Also, it is perfect for the elderly or anyone with stiffness or poor range of motion in the back or shoulders...cleanup is efficient and consistent." —Roger Brown
Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in two styles).
It offers the capacity to make up to nine dozen cookies in a single batch and has 10 speeds to thoroughly mix, knead, and whip ingredients faster than you can say "On your mark, get set, BAKE!"
Promising review: I've been wanting a KitchenAid mixer for years, and they have been hard to find during the pandemic. I've already made cookies with the paddle attachment, and my first attempt at bread with the dough hook. Everything has come out so well, and it's easy to clean. I chose this model because I wanted a bowl lift design (rather than the tilt head) so I could keep it under my cabinets. The KitchenAid mixers are pricey, but they are great investment because they last for years." —roashann
Get it from Target for $449.99.
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